Palmer excited by Crimean Tatar

Hugo Palmer believes that Crimean Tatar could develop into a contender for all the major staying races next year.

Hugo Palmer: Pleased with staying prospect Crimean Tatar.

Despite not making it to the track at two, the son of Sea The Stars continued to make up for lost time at Kempton last week when coming from almost last to first to land a Listed contest and supplement his debut maiden success at Newmarket in July.

While no decision has been made as to when the unbeaten three-year-old will make his seasonal return, the Newmarket handler is considering a number of options over a variety of trips.

He said: "Obviously it is still early days with him, but he might just be special. He has not been straightforward to train, but when we've had a clear run he has been impressive.

"He was impressive on his debut at Newmarket and I think the way he quickened like that off a slow pace on his second start against seasoned stakes performers was very good.

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"He was very close to being given a Racing Post Trophy entry as a two-year-old then he injured his knee. He didn't run at two but he has done nothing wrong in two starts this year.

"I had planned on going to the Great Voltigeur and St Leger but the morning he was due to work before the Voltigeur, which was about 10 days before, he pulled out of his box lame.

"We scanned him and it must have been a muscle pull. We had to give him a longer time off but we've had a good run of things since.

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"He has got a wonderful turn of foot and he is closely related to Mizzou, who stayed incredibly well.

"He could start off in the Yorkshire Cup or the John Porter. Then there is the Henry II or the Sagaro but they are over two miles and whether he goes for that straight away, I don't quite know.

"Because he had the knee injury at two, I would be concerned about going to Australia with him, running him on that fast ground. If hadn't had that, he could have potentially been a Melbourne Cup horse.

"When you have got a good stayer there are lots of valuable options. He has got to step up again, but he is beautifully bred and he has the potential to be very exciting."

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